Monday, 17 September 2018

Copenhagen by Bike

I have recently returned from Copenhagen where I ran a number of workshops. I was generously hosted and had one of the best views across the city as my constant companion. I soon discovered that the best way to get around the city was by bike. So from the first day to the last, for work and for sightseeing, I did it by bike (two actually).

I spent the first day taking in some of the local must visit places and went to the Cisterns in  S√łndermarken Park to see the work of the internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein (DK) in the underground’s labyrinthic colonnades of this old water cistern in an exhibition called IN IS THE ONLY WAY OUT. It was spellbinding, a perfect integration of art and place to create a unique experience taking you through the cavernous space.



Taking in a few of the better known Copenhagen attractions


Hans Christian Anderson Memorial in the Frederiksborg District Gardens

 
The Little Mermaid in the harbour
Home of 'Probably the Best Beer in the World' Carlsberg Factory
Church of Our Savior Christianshavn 
Christianshavn's Old commercial port


 Christiana Free Town
View from the Round Tower (the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. )
 More Bikes
Across the water from my home
A few snatches of my own fleeting impressions:



I also visited the Design Museum of Denmark
I particularly liked the Japanese Galleries and was able to see some fine examples of Kata Gami Stencils.




 Hokusai's Way of Painting Volume One
This tapestry by Nanna Hertoft, Forest Light uses the Japanese Ikat weaving technique and employs Indigo amongst other natural dyes.
Anne Marie Egemose, Gateway to Autumn, Horsehair, sisal and linen tapestry.

I was so enthralled by the museum as a whole I simply looked and forgot to take more images. Well worth a visit if in Copenhagen.

A glimpse of some of the work in progress as part of the workshops from looking at text to layering with dyes and plants. (thankyou to participants for allowing me to share images).







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